2019- Year in Review

2019- Year in Review 1

April

Honda Atlas launched the 2019 Civic Facelift in Pakistan, along with reintroducing the 1.5 liter Turbo variant the production of which was halted due to fuel incompatibility issues.

2019 Honda Civic Facelift Launched

Volkswagen announced its plans to start assembling commercial vehicles in Pakistan by 2021.

Volkswagen to Start Producing Cars in Pakistan by 2021

Pak Suzuki Alto 660cc made its debut at the 2019 PAPS AutoShow on 12th April.

Pak Suzuki Unveils Alto 660cc at PAPS 2019

Indus Motor Company revised the prices of Toyota cars in Pakistan amid depreciating Rupee value against the US Dollar.

Toyota Car Prices Revised

An exchange of documents for a Licensing and Technical Assistance Agreement between Proton Holding and Al-Haj Automotive Private Limited was conducted on the 26th of April 2019.

Ceremony for Exchange of Licensing and Technical Assistance Agreement of Proton Plant in Pakistan

Suzuki introduced the all-new Carry pickup and its minivan derivatives at the 2019 Indonesia International Motor Show.

All-new 2019 Suzuki Carry Debuts at IIMS 2019

May

Pak Suzuki increased the prices of Cultus AGS and Swift.

Pak Suzuki Increase Prices of Cultus AGS and Swift

The first local assembled Changan vehicle, the Karvaan 6+2 seat minivan rolled off the assembly lines on the 2nd of May 2019.

First Local Assembled Changan Rolled Off the Assembly Lines

Honda unveiled the BR-V facelift at 2019 Indonesia International Motor Show

Honda BR-V Facelift at IIMS 2019

Regal Automobiles started road testing their 800cc Prince Pearl hatchback.

Regal Begins Road Testing the 800cc Prince Pearl Rex7

In May 2019, CarSpiritPK via its own sources exclusively reported that Indus Motor Company (IMC) will launch the Yaris sedan in Pakistan, to which some media outlets called our report fake & misleading and even went on to publish videos claiming that IMC will be launching a 1000cc Vios by October instead of the Yaris. Though the imminent launch of Toyota Yaris has once again helped CarSpiritPK emerge as a trusted portal when it comes to delivering authentic automotive news in Pakistan.

IMC to Introduce Yaris Sedan Instead of Vios in Pakistan

Images of Pak Suzuki testing 4th gen Swift hybrid appeared on the internet. The company had imported a few units & was reportedly conducting a feasibility study to launch the vehicle in Pakistan.

Pak Suzuki Testing Swift Hybrid in Pakistan

Al-Futtaim Group which was in process of introducing Renault cars in Pakistan put a hold on its investment. The French automaker reportedly cancelled the licensing agreement with the UAE conglomerate and lost its interest to enter Pakistani market.

Al-Futtaim Puts Renault Project on Hold

Following a major fraud, Indus Motor Company terminated dealership of Toyota Gujranwala Motors for noncompliance of the company’s rules and regulations.

Indus Motors Terminates Dealership of Toyota Gujranwala Motors

The sad demise of teenage son of PPP senior leader Qamar Zaman Kaira, along with a fellow companion who lost his life in a tragic road accident raised serious questions over safety features in locally assembled vehicles.

Poor Quality Cars in Debate on Mainstream Media

Prime Minister Imran Khan ordered to develop an Electric Vehicle policy.

PM Imran Khan wants Electric Vehicle Policy to be Finalized in 2 Weeks

Government rejected the proposal for commercial import of used cars in Pakistan.

Government Rejects Commercial Import of Used Cars

June

Lucky Motors signed an expression of interest and MoU with Groupe PSA of France to assemble, manufacture, market and sell Peugeot branded cars in Pakistan.

Lucky Motors to Introduce Peugeot Cars in Pakistan

Al-Haj FAW revised the prices of their cars amid depreciating Rupee against the US Dollar.

Al-Haj FAW Vehicle Prices Increased

Pak Suzuki finally launched the 8th generation Alto 660cc in Pakistan replacing the 30-years old Mehran.

Pak Suzuki Launches Alto 660cc in Pakistan

The next generation Honda City was spied for the very first time testing in Thailand.

Next Gen Honda City Spied Testing for the First Time

Honda Atlas increased the prices of its cars by up to Rs 400,000

Honda Car Prices Increased by Up to PKR 400,000

Kia Seltos compact SUV made its global debut in June.

Kia Debuts 2020 Seltos as New Global Compact SUV

Pak Suzuki announced the revision in prices of its local assembled as well as imported models by up to PKR 350,000.

Pak Suzuki Increases Prices of its Cars by up to PKR 350,000

Indus Motor Company revised the prices of Toyota cars in Pakistan by up to Rs 830,000

Toyota Cars Prices in Pakistan Revised by up to PKR 830,000

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2019- Year in Review 3

About UsmanAnsari

A 3d animation professional, car enthusiast, petrolhead and social media influencer. Formerly written for PakWheels as well as major publications including Dawn. Founder of CarSpiritPK.com

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Brilliant as always.. the best way to present the yearly recap 👍👍

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What happened to Kia Peugeot deal?